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  • 4 new cases push Minnesota bird flu toll to over 100 farms

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Four more Minnesota turkey farms have been struck by bird flu, pushing the state's total over 100. The Board of Animal Health on Friday reported presumptive positive tests from flocks in Kandiyohi, Renville and Brown counties, while Blue Earth County recorded its first detection since the H5N2 virus was first confirmed...

  • Top-ranking Mormon leader heads to hospice as cancer worsens

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A top-ranking Mormon leader, 92-year-old L. Tom Perry, is headed to hospice as his cancer spreads aggressively. Cancer found last month in Perry's thyroid gland has spread to his lungs and beyond, church spokesman Eric Hawkins said in a statement Friday. Perry is at home and no longer will attend meetings of the Quorum...

  • Iowa reports probable bird flu at Wright, Sac county farms

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say two more probable cases of bird flu have been found at farms in Iowa. The state agriculture department announced Friday that the avian influenza has been detected at a Wright County farm where about 400,000 chickens are being raised and at a Sac County turkey farm with about 42,000 birds. Initial...

  • 1st positive test for West Nile virus in Illinois in 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state Department of Public Health reports the first positive test for West Nile virus this year has been reported in batch of mosquitoes collected in southern Illinois. The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O'Fallon. Department Director...

  • Report: Idaho reaches highest recorded deaths

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho saw the highest number of deaths in 2013 throughout the state since record-keeping began, with cancer barely squeezing out heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death, according to the state Department of Health and Welfare. The recently released report, Idaho Vital Statistics 2013, found more than 12,400 people died in...

  • Utah zoo euthanizes aging gorilla with health problems

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of the male gorillas at Utah's Hogle Zoo has been euthanized. The zoo announced in a statement Friday that 42-year-old gorilla Tino had declining strength, was uncomfortable and appeared to have dementia that was worsening. Officials say his age puts him at about the same age at a 90-year-old human. Zoo veterinarian...

  • Texas votes to end high school steroids tests after 8 years

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers voted Friday to dismantle the state's high school steroids testing program after eight years and more than $10 million spent collecting thousands of samples that turned up only a handful of cheaters. Once lauded as a model for the nation, the program instead turned into a target for critics who called it an...

  • Missouri parents who caged autistic son ordered imprisoned

    ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis couple was sentenced to seven years in prison for keeping their autistic son inside a makeshift cage. Forty-five-year-old Terry Smith and his 44-year-old wife, Victoria, of O'Fallon, Missouri, were sentenced Friday to the prison terms despite a defense attorney's request for probation. The Smiths...

  • Officials: Sheep exposes 4 in Abbeville County to rabies

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials say a sheep exposed four people to rabies in Abbeville County. The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday that the sheep may have gotten rabies from an aggressive skunk about a month ago. DHEC says the sheep tested positive for rabies on May 27, and the four people...

  • La. health dept. seeks restoration of public health funding

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's health department leaders asked senators Friday to restore $26 million to public health programs next year or risk shuttering safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks. Those programs were among a list of health needs outlined to the Senate Finance Committee,...

  • ODU men's coach Jeff Jones to have prostate cancer surgery

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Old Dominion men's basketball coach Jeff Jones has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on Monday. Jones says in a release from the school that a check-up in late 2014 revealed that he had an elevated PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level. He says he had follow-up tests during the season and a biopsy in April confirmed...

  • Epileptic Newport man to be tried for death of Navy officer

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An epileptic man will go on trial for striking and killing a Navy police detective with his truck, despite multiple warnings from his doctor not to drive. The trial of Newport resident Alan Bradley starts Tuesday. Bradley has pleaded not guilty to operating a motor vehicle in reckless disregard of the safety of others,...

  • Teen births down but remain a stubborn problem in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has a stubborn problem: its persistent ranking at or near the top in the nation when it comes to teen pregnancies. A new legislative analysis suggests that the state Health Department in collaboration with other agencies develop a comprehensive plan to reduce teen births. It also recommends the Legislature...

  • Parent visits U of O, gets meningitis-causing infection

    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials say a parent who visited the campus of the University of Oregon in early May was infected with the bacteria that can cause meningitis. The 52-year-old man is the seventh person with meningococcal disease since a campus outbreak began in January. The others were students. One died. The outbreak has...

  • US appeals court: Alzheimer's drug swap is anti-competitive

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that drug manufacturer Actavis PLC's attempted switch of patented Alzheimer's medication, which halted distribution of the old drug before its patent expires this summer, violates U.S. antitrust law. The decision unsealed this week explains the ruling last week by a three-judge panel of the...

  • Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — The prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital after the sudden onset of a mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care. Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized Tuesday in a serious condition. Diagnoses have varied, with doctors saying on Friday that he is suffering kidney failure. No cause...

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